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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees September 17, 2018
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IHCA Convention and Trade Show
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'My Two Elaines' author headlines Convention Day 3
(All)

The closing keynote speaker brings a special presentation that all providers will want to hear. Read More »

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Mobile app for convention will launch soon
(All)

Watch for your email to access the IHCA Convention and Trade Show mobile app. Read More »

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Submit photos by Friday for convention celebration
(All)

Show off your organizations', employees' and residents' pride on the big screen! Participate in the 2018 Convention contest and submit photos for the general session video! The deadline for photos is Friday, September 21. Read More »

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Board election ballots must be submitted by Sept. 25
(All)

Please submit your electronic ballot for IHCA ICAL and ICHC Board elections by September 25. Read More »

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Regulatory
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Free webinar on CMS HHCoPs Interpretative Guidelines
(HH)

NAHC's free webinar on Thursday will dive into the HHCoPs Interpretive Guidelines released by CMS. Register in advance to receive a recording and handouts. Read More »

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AL compliance considerations webinar on Thursday
(AL)

While AL providers may not participate in Medicare or Medicaid, it's vital to understand how fraud and abuse laws like the Anti-kickback Statute apply when referral and financial arrangements are in place with other Medicare providers, such as hospitals, hospices, home health agencies or therapists. NCAL's free webinar on Thursday offers an explanation. Read More »
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Payment and Reimbursement
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Electronic submission of quality reporting reconsideration requests
(HH)

Effective September 11, 2018, CMS requires home health agencies (HHAs) to submit reconsiderations for quality reporting payment reductions to the MACs electronically. Read More »

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New from IME
(Medicaid providers)

IME released two Informational Letters for managed care providers. Read More »

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Amerigroup & Availity - claim payment disputes training
(Medicaid providers)

Medicaid providers' administrators and business office staff will want to participate in this upcoming webinar training on claim payment disputes. Read More »

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UHC to host Provider Information Expo
(Medicaid providers)

Providers can get updates from UHC, meet provider advocates and other UHC staff, and attend sessions hosted by UHC leadership team members, CEOs and chief medical officers. Read More »
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AHCA/NCAL comments on Medicare Part B Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
(SNF/NF)

The comments were on issues related to payment to SNFs for therapies for residents who are not otherwise eligible for Part A coverage. Read More »

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Quality Improvement
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Informational webinars on AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use
(SNF/NF)

Nursing facilities are invited to join a free 12-month program to help improve antibiotic prescribing. Learn about the program in the informational webinar.
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New Trend Tracker publication available this week
(SNF/NF, AL, RCF)

AHCA/NCAL has announced that a new publication, Your Quality Initiative Progress, will be released in LTC Trend Tracker on Tuesday. Read More »

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Influenza
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National Influenza Survey open enrollment
(SNF/NF)

AHCA/NCAL recommends that nursing facility members consider participating in this national study. Read More »
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National News
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AHCA, NCAL & NAHC this week
(All)

Here's your update on national long term services and supports news from AHCA/NCAL including Capitol Connections, NCAL Connections and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice website. Read More »

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Education Calendar
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Workforce Management Series: Keeping the Staff You Have, September 19, 10:00-11:00 a.m., webinar
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2018 IHCA Convention and Trade Show, September 30-October 3, Des Moines
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MDS 101 - Introduction to MDS 3.0, October 16, West Des Moines
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MDS 201 - Additional MDS 3.0 Training, October 17, West Des Moines
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OASIS Blueprint for Accuracy, October 29-30, West Des Moines
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Teepa Snow Dementia Care Webinar Series, October 31, 2018, 10:00-11:00 a.m., webinar (recording available)
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Assisted Living Management Certificate Program, November 5-9, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, November 8, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certification, Online program
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Online Dementia Care Training and Individual Certification Program
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Click on the event link to learn more about each educational offering and to register. If you have additional questions, contact Georgene Olson at 800.422.3106.

West Des Moines area hotel discounts for IHCA members.

Map to the IHCA Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.

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IHCA Convention and Trade Show
Regulatory
Payment and Reimbursement
Quality Improvement
Influenza
National News
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